Business Standard

‘Have enough pilots, won’t cancel flights’

- AJINKYA KAWALE Mumbai, 21 March

Akasa Air has enough pilots to prevent any cancellati­ons during the summer schedule even as the new pilot duty time rules come into effect from June this year, the airline’s chief executive officer (CEO) Vinay Dube (pictured) said on Thursday.

“We have got almost 700 pilots, which means that at Akasa, we plan for the future. We have also been fortunate that pilots have wanted to join Akasa, thanks to what I hope is a long-term career that they see at the airline. And so, I would say, you will not see any cancellati­ons for us,” Dube added.

As of February 2024, the cancellati­on rate at Akasa Air has been 0.30 per cent, the lowest among domestic Indian carriers, according to data from the Directorat­e General of

Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The overall cancellati­on rate of scheduled domestic airlines for the same month has been 0.90 per cent.

The new flight duty time limitation (FDTL) rules, which come into effect starting June 1 this year, are aimed at enhancing the rest periods of pilots.

The aviation regulator revamped the FDTL regulation­s on January 8. The latest rules include additional rest for pilots, revision of night duty regulation­s, and directives for airlines to submit pilot fatigue reports and airlines are mandated to comply with the new notificati­on by the aforementi­oned date.

“We should applaud our regulator in this case for the effort and focus they have on continued safety. We shouldn't get caught up in (things like) do we have one or two less pilots here and there or are there going to be one or two less flights,” Dube added.

 ?? ??

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India